Your preliminary income assessment is kind of your current income and tax budget for the present year. It tells you about your expected income, tax deductions and allowances and the tax rate used by your employer to withhold tax.

Your preliminary income assessment is available each year in November, and it shows our estimate of your tax for the coming year. If your financial situation changes, you should change your assessment in order to pay the right amount of tax throughout the year.

When you make changes to your preliminary income assessment you also make changes to your tax card which is automatically sent to whoever pays your salary, student grant or pension.

You can see and change your preliminary income assessment in E-tax (TastSelv). Your 2020 preliminary income assessment is accessible in E-tax from 21 November 2019.

If you want to see your actual earnings, your deductions and allowances and how much you paid in tax last year, you need to check your tax assessment notice.

Please note that certain help texts in your preliminary income assessment are available in English. Click the question mark for the help text and then the English flag.

See and change your preliminary income assessment

Calculate your pay

If your financial situation changes substantially, you may need to change your preliminary income assessment.

You get a new job or substantially higher or lower salary
Pension and early retirement benefits
Your state education grant (SU) ends
The distance between your home and work changes significantly
Your interest income and expenses change
You buy a home or you sell a home
You start a business

If you change your preliminary income assessment you need to enter the figures for all of year.

If you want to raise your withholding rate, you need to ask your employer to do so. You are not able to do it yourself, and we can't do it for you either.

Be cautious if you enter a higher income

It is unlikely that raising your withholding rate by entering a higher income in your preliminary income assessment will have any effect. This method is only an option if you pay top-bracket tax.

If you enter a higher income and you earn less than DKK 675,238 in 2020 (DKK 368,317 in 2019), you risk paying too little tax. The reason is that if you enter a higher income, you will automatically be granted a higher employment allowance than what you are entitled to.

Alternatively, lower your deductions

You can lower your deductions (such as deduction for interest expenses or deduction for transport between home and work) in order to pay more tax during the year. In this way, you reduce the risk of having to pay outstanding tax the following year.

If your financial situation changes, you can make a calculation to see if you should change your preliminary income assessment. You can calculate your tax for 2020 (in Danish only) and compare the result with your current preliminary income assessment. However, you need to be up-to-date on your financial situation as you need to enter all relevant information.

Please see our legal guide (in Danish) for further legal information.